Women are genetically modified and are the weaker sex of the society . They also have to dedicate their most productive years of life to child-bearing and child raising . Agreed those are priceless moments of your life but that drags them down on their career graph .
As smart and bright students, physicians enter the medical schools very early in life .You are still very confused about the path you have chosen.Your life revolves around libraries , lecture theaters and medical wards .Then comes residency .It does not get easier .Early morning rounds, in service exams, presentations, night calls …the list is endless..There goes the best years of your life down the drain .
Just when you are ready to hit your fun life with vengeance ,your biological clock starts to show you red flags .You have to suddenly mutate to being a good wife and good mom .If you still have some steam left in you and are eager to be the part of job market , then new set of restrictions follow you .
In India , female physicians have very few specialty to choose from, where they would be accepted in their private practice. Obstetrics and gynaecology, Pediatrics and Para medical jobs are preferred for female physicians. The most commonly accepted other job is to work as a medical officer in a government set up. As medical officers you work in an outpatient and prescribe a set of medications from the pharmacy and refer out difficult patients to specialists as needed. Nothing interesting or nothing challenging about it .
If you can keep your frustration under lid and decide to stick to these jobs then there are time bound promotions and some remunerations. India is a litigation immune country and you can retire peacefully without the pokes of board certifications or continuing medical education .
Women get a second class treatment in every profession. Same is true with medicine in India. Pay disparity, acceptance in private practice, work place harassment would always be your accompaniments .
Women never have it easy anyway ;